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Weekly News and Opinion from Ohio's Newspapers
September 21 - 27, 2010

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Welcome to the latest issue of Economic News from Ohio's Regions, a new weekly newsletter from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and Cleveland State University.  We'll search Ohio's papers to bring you economic news and key happenings that impact Ohio's regions.
Northeast Ohio Employment and Wage Trends 2010
The Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs released the most recent Economic Brief on employment and wage trends for 2010.
Officials tout region to defense contractors (Youngstown Business Journal, September 22, 2010) Officials in Northeast Ohio want to use U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan's position on the House Appropriations Committee to place area companies in the crosshairs of some of the world's major defense contractors.

Editorial: Out of control (Akron Beacon Journal, September 22, 2010) The governing boards of 10 Ohio charter schools filed a lawsuit this spring, putting the spotlight on state laws regarding governance of the tax-funded schools. The boards contended that changes in state law in 2006 granted so much power to the company hired to manage the schools that the boards were ''virtually impotent'' to provide the best education for students.

Local economy shows signs of improvement (Dayton Daily News, September 23, 2010) Area cities and counties this month are reporting positive swings in tax revenue collections, giving hope that the local economy is starting to improve.

Economic development specialists applaud city's incubator efforts (Dayton Daily News, September 24, 2010) Dayton has a city-backed business incubator; Ohio anointed Dayton a year ago as the state's hub for aerospace innovation and opportunity, and the region is pushing development in aerospace research, information technology, advanced materials, human sciences and health care.

UT reports huge gain in research funding (Toledo Blade, September 24, 2010) Like other state schools, the University of Toledo took in a record amount of research dollars last fiscal year with scads of federal stimulus money available and a timely focus on alternative energy and environmental science research.

Development group wants $30 million (Columbus Dispatch, September 24, 2010) The Columbus 2020 project, which is leading an effort to attract and expand businesses locally, will officially kick off a fundraising campaign next Friday, with the goal of raising $30 million over five years.

Ohio farms more at risk as world warms, expert says (Dayton Daily News, September 26, 2010) Ohio should start preparing now for a warmer planet that puts a top industry, agriculture, at risk, according to the state's climatologist.

Our region's economic progress too slow, report says (Cincinnati Enquirer, September 26, 2010) In what's being termed a major wake-up call, a first-of-its-kind scorecard finds Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky lagging far behind similar metro areas in key economic measures.

Editorial: Transportation projects in County's best interest (Newark Advocate, September 26, 2010) Improving this corridor has been a key plan of county officials for as long as we can remember, although dreams of a wider highway or expressway have been shelved long ago. There is ample undeveloped land in this area that could become home to new employers, a critical need for both residents and their local governments

Who pays for pickups?
(Newark Advocate, September 27, 2010) Newark taxpayers spent $1.1 million in 2009 on retirement contributions city employees were obligated to pay for their public pensions.

Younger Ohioans ready to move (Columbus Dispatch, September 27, 2010) Almost a third of those responding to a new Dispatch/Ohio Newspaper poll said that if they could, they would move to another state. That includes 45 percent of those age 45 or younger, who say they're ready to pack bags.

Changes in Canada revive hopes for Cleveland-to-Port Stanley, Ontario, ferry service (The Plain Dealer, September 27, 2010) Nearly $7 million in federal government grants remains earmarked for ships and terminal for the first Northeast Ohio port city that succeeds in nailing down a ferry deal.

Falls Township economic development district in the works (Zanesville Times Recorder, September 27, 2010) The expanded area would go from the West Main Street area, along Licking Road to Dillon Falls Road and Jersey Ridge to Pinecrest Drive along the north border; south of National Road (West Pike) to Interstate 70; and along the Falls and Springfield townships line back to West Main Street.

         Edited and compiled by: Molly Schnoke, Center for Community Planning & Development, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
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